Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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As the D-boys did their work and the Rangers kept the curious at bay, the ground convoy of trucks and Humvees would roll in through the city, right up to the target house. Heightening this sense of disorienting fragmentation, the author frequently interrupted the main narrative to discuss what was, by and large, rather essential background information. Bowden describes on an intimately personal level the minute by minute stories of the soldiers in this conflict, the mistakes, the second guessing and of course, the heroism.

Stebbins who's foot has a golf ball size piece of metal in it is given a pain killer and a gun to protect out the window. This is not just a booklover speaking – the movie was really good, but the book does a much better job of bringing out the human elements, insights into the Somali perspective and the aftermath of the mission. It is a horribly fascinating bullet-by-bullet story, in which the purpose of Americans in Somalia fades to irrelevance amidst the immediate desperation of fighting. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.It was an audacious daylight thrust into the “Black Sea,” the very heart of Habr Gidr territory in central Mogadishu and warlord Aidid’s stronghold.

You enjoy the story, and you care for the protagonists, politics and all that nonsense notwithstanding. The raid, as we all know, did not go well, and the task force ended up getting pinned down in a fierce gunfight with the local populace, losing two helicopters, 18 soldiers and requiring a huge multi-national operation to rescue them. They are in the soldiers minds dirty, immoral and contemptible, a viewpoint which ultimately makes it easier for them to do what they have to do.There are lessons here re the politics of "small engagements," that seem to speak volumes to contemporary warfare, and to the physical tactics as well. There are woefully few (Stephen Ambrose’s work on World War II may come close) nonfiction books about combat with which to compare it.

Oktober 1993 in Mogadishu, an dem zwei US Militär-Hubschrauber des Typs "Blackhawk" im Laufe eines Einsatzes der "Task Force Ranger" von der lokalen Aidid-Miliz abgeschossen wurden und den sich daraus entwickelnden Rettungsmaßnahmen und Kampfhandlungen. has told the story with a driving narrative in a treatment that proceeds with dignity like the measured tread of history, yet glows with the passion of a memoir. The individual stories are woven together in such a compelling and expert fashion, the narrative flows so seamlessly, that it’s hard to imagine that this is not fiction.

While it appeared blurry and bewildering at first, what emerged over time was an assiduously detailed, essentially kaleidoscopic study, replete with a wealth of fascinating, significant facts. After reading this I can understand why a bunch of people would want to turn this into a film, but it`s hard to cram all the action into 2 hrs, all the actors look alike in uniform, it`s difficult to show the trues scale of what happened, and more importantly it`s very hard to draw attention to the key factors. It occurred to Howe as he saw those Sammies keep on running that Randy was the smartest soldier in the unit. This is a well presented account of the men of the US Army Rangers and Delta Force troops involved in a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

It documents efforts by the Unified Task Force to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid in 1993, and the resulting battle in Mogadishu between United States forces and Aidid's militia. Mark Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Hue 1968, Guests of the Ayatollah, Killing Pablo and a dozen other books. It is a compelling tale of noble endeavor gone awry, written with such clarity and insight that the reader quivers as if trapped in the desperate, close-quarters firefight Bowden’s gifted narrative brings to life.At the time it served as one of the more innovative examples of multimedia storytelling by a news organization. Bowden has used his journalistic skills to kind and interview key participants on both sides of the October 1993 raid into the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, a raid that quickly became the most intensive close combat Americans have engaged in since Vietnam. A gripping account of combat that merits thoughtful reading by anyone concerned with the future course of the country’s military strategy and its relationship to foreign policy.

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